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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Student Program

Congressional Student Leadership Program


Rep. John Ratcliffe's Congressional Student Leadership Program provides an excellent learning opportunity for high school students in Texas' Fourth District. More specifically, the program: 

  • Allows future leaders to engage with their congressman and learn about the proper role of the federal government and functions of a congressional office.

  • Encourages critical thinking skills through the identification of problems in the community, and the evaluation of the proper role of government, if any, in addressing such concerns.

  • Develops analytical writing abilities and public speaking abilities.

  • Reinforces respect for sacrifices by our active duty and former military service members.

  • Fosters relationships with peers across the Texas' Fourth District.

For the upcoming school year, students selected for the program will participate in four meetings at their nearest district office where they will be joined together online to for educational lectures from Rep. Ratcliffe and other guest speakers, to research legislative issues, and for group presentations.  When the program concludes, the students will receive a certificate for their participation and successful completion.


How to Apply

Applications for the 2016 to 2017 school year have closed. Applications for the 2017 to 2018 school year will be available starting July 2017. If you have additional questions on how to apply, please e-mail

Projected Meeting Dates 

Meeting One: Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Meeting Two: Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Service Day: Friday, November 11
Meeting Three: *TBD
Meeting Four: *TBD

*Meeting times for the spring semester will be finalized and sent out to all students once the U.S. House of Representatives releases the 2017 Legislative Calendar.


Meeting Locations 

All meeting locations have been distributed via email. Students should check the e-mail they provided in their application for the most up to date information.